A few months ago Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy confirmed that the future of the “Star Wars” franchise from 2019’s “Star Wars: Episode IX” and onwards will be discussed and partly mapped out in meetings taking place in January.
At least one of those meetings is now set for next week says Heat Vision with the likes of Kennedy, directors Rian Johnson and Colin Trevorrow, and top Disney execs weighing their options for the franchise going forward, one without Carrie Fisher’s General Leia.
Leia was to have been a bigger part of Episode IX than the already shot Episode VIII, and Fisher had completed all her scenes for the latter. A reunion with Leia’s brother Luke and a confrontation with her son Ben was planned for the films and it’s unsure if one or both happened in Johnson’s film or would have happened in Trevorrow’s film. The status of the script for the ninth film is unknown but filming isn’t due to begin until late 2017/early 2018 so there’s still plenty of time to consider solutions from writing her out to CG effects.
The current era of “Star Wars” films are seemingly used to being overhauled with “Rogue One” undergoing extensive reshoots and retooling before release while Johnson overhauled his ‘Episode VIII’ script after J.J. Abrams made significant changes between his ‘Force Awakens’ early drafts and the final film.